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Expectation and Desire

December 14, 2016

Some years ago, when I saw the movie, Prince Caspian, the second in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, I was struck my Lucy’s comments when she sees Aslan, the character who represents Jesus. She sees him in the distance but the others don’t. When they ask her why they didn’t see him, Lucy gives two answers. “Maybe you weren’t looking for him,” and later, “Maybe you don’t want to see him.”

These two answers may also be the reasons we don’t hear from God as often as we would like. We may not be expecting God to speak into our lives or we may not want him to speak into our lives.

Expectation is closely linked to faith. If we come to a prayer time or even a church service with little expectation God is going to say anything to us, then we are unlikely to experience God’s direction or guidance. We know “he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6) rather than the casual enquirer.

Alternatively we may not want God to speak into our lives. We need to trust in God’s character, knowing He is a good God who loves us deeply. May we learn from Lucy, the importance of both expecting and desiring to hear from God.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith